I have been waiting from ages like many others for a native Skype app for the iPhone. I felt all the voices requesting the app on Skype forum were falling on deaf ears but alas it’s finally here and boy-whoa-boy it’s out with a bang.
The million dollar question undoubtedly on everybody’s mind would be about the voice clarity – I have got just two words for that – CRYSTAL CLEAR!!!. I made a skype out call to my friend in India and was more than impressed with the call quality. But the big WOW factor was the skype to skype call – it was brilliant. Felt as though I was calling from my BT landline.
For those of you who feel that this isn’t a big deal. Think again! Yes I know Fring, Truphone and Nimbuzz have been around but they suck at voice quality. This is because they use a workaround that requires them to channel calls through a server and transcode audio, resulting in poorer-quality calls than Skype can do in its own app.
Important solutions to the COMPLAINERS:
- Complaining that you can’t use Skype on 3G?
- Just Jailbreak your iphone and install voipover3g app from cydia. Jailbreakers will be able to save their minutes whenever they want because this app makes the iPhone think that it is on wifi all the time.
2. Complaining that you can’t run skype in the background while using another application?
- Just install backgrounder app from cydia on your jailbroken phone.
3. Complaining that you cant use gtalk, msn and other IM’s?
- Its a SKYPE only app. Duh! Use Beejive or someother app if you want to chat using other IM’s.
4. Complaining that there is no video conferencing, SMS and other desktop client features ?
- Play the waiting game for a while. The folks at skype will definitely be releasing these features in not-so-distant future updates.
UPDATE: Complaining that Skype is crashing every minute on your jailbroken iphone?
- Saurik has released a new mobile substrate and the issue is fixed. Just update ‘mobile substrate’ from cydia. Once this is done you can enjoy uninterrupted calls on skype from your jailbroken iphone.
April 1 UPDATE: Complaining that after updating mobile substrate voipover3g and backgrounder isn’t working?
Saurik just released another update of mobilesubstrate 0.9.2805-1. This version fixes the problem entirely allowing for mobilesubstrate addons to work with Skype app. You can now use Skype app with VoIPover3G! and backgrounder. Just update mobile substrate on Cydia once more and enjoy skype on the go!
April 2 UPDATE (UK time): For a full fledged tutorial on how to install voipover3g to use skype over 3g Click here.
FINAL UPDATE: You no longer need to SSH or edit any file. All you need to do is install voipover3g from Cydia on your jailbroken iPhone and you can instantly make calls over 3g via skype :)